The upcoming marquee event is slated to be held in Australia in October-November. Shikhar Dhawan is a proven customer as far as the ICC events are concerned. He has time and again played crucial knocks for the team.
However, it remains to be seen if he will get into the team. It’s due to the fact that the selectors have stuck to the same template of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as the first-choice openers.
Shikhar Dhawan did prove his worth in the fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League for Punjab Kings franchise. The southpaw scored 460 runs in 14 games at a superb batting average of 38.33.
He even struck three half-centuries to his name. Despite proving his credentials, he still faces a tough competition in white-ball cricket as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are the preferred opening pair.
KL Rahul ended up as the second-leading run-scorer in the last season’s IPL. He has been in terrific form with the bat as well. So, it’s quite tough for Shikhar Dhawan to make the cut in the Indian cricket team.
T20 World Cup 2022: Sunil Gavaskar reacts to Shikhar Dhawan’s T20 World Cup chances
Recently, India locked horns with South Africa in the five-match T20I series. Shikhar Dhawan didn’t earn a place in the squad. This goes to show that Dhawan’s T20I career is all but over, given that 2022 T20 World Cup coming in the next few months.
Former Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar also doesn’t see Dhawan making the Indian squad for the World Cup in Australia. India will lock horns with England in the rescheduled Test, three T20Is and three ODIs.
However, at the same time, other Indian players will fly to Ireland to play two-match T20I series. Hardik Pandya will lead the team from the front. “No. I don’t see his name popping up. If it had to pop up, it would have been in this squad.
“A lot of guys have gone to England and he could have been in this squad. If he is not in this squad, I don’t see him ending in the mix (for T20 World Cup),” Sunil Gavaskar said on Star Sports.
Shikhar Dhawan has represented Team India in 34 Tests, 149 ODIs and 68 T20Is. The attacking left-handed batter has scored 2315, 6284 and 1759 runs in the respective formats.
He scored 7 centuries, 5 fifties in Tests, 17 centuries, 35 fifties in ODIs and 11 fifties in T20Is. Dhawan last played for Team India in a T20I in July 2021 against Sri Lanka.